France, Napoleon I Bonaparte. Bronze medal commemorating the Battle of Wagram, 1809
- KOD: 4609025RMA
France, Napoleon I Bonaparte. Bronze medal commemorating the Battle of Wagram, 1809, by Andrieu & Galle, Denon, Obverse: Laureate head facing right; around, NAPOLEON EMP. ET ROI.; on neck truncation, ANDRIEU F., Reverse: Hercules draped with the lions skin aiming a blow of his club on a fallen warrior on whom he treads; the warrior holds a shield but it is at his side and offers no protection and is supplicating for mercy; Hercules left arm encircles the waist of Victory, her head is laureated, and in her right hand, which is over her head, she holds a laurel wreath, in her left hand she carries the palm branch of peace; in exergue, BATAILLE DE WAGRAM. / VI JUILLET MDCCCIX.; below in small lettering, DENON D. GALLE F., Bramsen 860, Julius 2108, Bronze 40 mm, weight 38,09 g., Condition aUNC, beautiful brown patina with luster. A medal that is sure to catch the attention of any collector of Napoleonic medals.
Battle of Wagram July 5 -6, 1809 - Nearly 350,000 men clashed in the decisive battle of Austria's war with France and its allies. After the French had shaken off their failed clashes on the Danube, now outnumbered, they smashed the ranks of the Austrians led by Archduke Charles. Napoleon, thanks to his masterful use of a 100-gun artillery battery, managed to hold off the enemy and then smash them with devastating cavalry charges. The losses of both armies were similar, amounting to about 35,000 each. Shortly after the battle, Emperor Franz I of Austria asked Napoleon for a truce, which was concluded with a peace signed at Schonbrunn Palace, under which Austria relinquished New Galicia, obtained as a result of the Third Partition of Poland, and the Zamojska Circumscription to the Duchy of Warsaw, ceded Tyrol and Salzburg to Bavaria, and gave Trieste and Dalmatia south of the Sava River to France (the Illyrian Provinces). Austria was further forced to cede the Ternopil district to Russia. The Austrian Empire also recognized the title of King Joseph Bonaparte of Spain. Only Great Britain remained at war with France. source: historykon.pl